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BEST Sports Bar

2016 BEST Sports Bar
Parlor Sports-Best Sports Bar

Parlor Sports

Somerville

This might be the only watering hole where stat geeks meet regularly to review the finer points of sabermetrics and where themed events have names like “NBA Nerd Night.” Bonus: The upscale bar grub (how about a homemade Hot Pocket?)… read more»

2015 BEST Sports Bar

Phoenix Landing

Cambridge

This Central Square pub’s many TVs play the Sox the Bruins and NFL games depending on the time of year. But its true draw is football—the non-American kind that is. Soccer fans crowd the Phoenix Landing’s tiny space to watch… read more»

2014 BEST Sports Bar

Parlor Sports

Somerville

This Somerville mainstay feels as much like a clubhouse as a bar: Everyone knows everyone else, and regulars are quick to welcome newcomers into the fold. Weekly NBA Nerd Nights and Monday Night Football brewery tap takeovers keep the routine… read more»

2013 BEST Sports Bar
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Parlor Sports

Somerville

So many sports bars in Boston these days feel like impersonal warehouses, strewn, as they are, with a bajillion giant TVs over a zillion square feet. Parlor is the rare gathering place that feels cozy and intimate. Crucially, the bartenders… read more»

2012 BEST Sports Bar

Phoenix Landing

Cambridge

It’s time to change up your sports-bar rotation. Head to the Phoenix Landing, where soccer—er, football—is almost always on the telly. This pub is Boston’s official Liverpool FC clubhouse (the Red Sox’s John Henry owns the team). Of course, all… read more»

2011 BEST Sports Bar

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill

Boston

Back during the NCAA basketball tournament, we spent an afternoon at the Remy’s near Fenway. It almost broke our head. It wasn’t just that there were a zillion TVs, but that the two biggest ones over the bar were 11… read more»

2010 BEST Sports Bar, Patriots
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CBS Scene

Foxboro

CBS Scene is perched above the north end zone at Gillette Stadium, allowing fans unrivaled (and yes, unticketed) access to the game-day action. Tailgate among the foam fingers and clouds of Italian sausage smoke, then step inside and watch the… read more»

2010 BEST Sports Bar, Bruins
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Sullivan’s Tap

Boston

Consider yourselves warned: This place features the same rough-and-tumble ethic as the B’s defensemen. Sure, there are other bars with superior viewing experiences, cleaner bathrooms, and more-refined crowds. But no one captures the spirit of the sport the way Sullivan’s… read more»

2010 BEST Sports Bar, Celtics
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The Four’s

Boston

The next best thing to box seats is a booth at the Four’s. Here, the dining room and bar feature warm woodwork and tasteful displays of sports photography, while the menu has an upscale edge—grilled chicken wraps, mussels fra diavolo…. read more»

2010 BEST Sports Bar, Red Sox
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Jerry Remy’s

Boston

Owned by Mr. Red Sox Nation himself, Jerry Remy’s has upped the ante (and the cholesterol count) for Fenway bars. The TVs are mammoth, and the kitchen serves a burger wedged between two pieces of fried dough. Best of all,… read more»